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Rob Langston

Financial Journalist, Rhotic Media

Location icon United Kingdom

I am a Financial Journalist for Rhotic Media and have written for a number of trade and consumer titles.

I have held full-time positions at: Trustnet, HFM Technology, MENA Fund Manager, HFMWeek, Money Marketing, Fund Strategy/Fundweb.co.uk, What Investment, Investment Adviser, FTAdviser.com, Insurance Insider and Niche Personal Loans.

I have also written for Financial Times and contributed articles to The Times, The Sunday Times, Zawya and Index Trader magazine.

Portfolio
Infrastructure Investor
06/15/2021
Solving the urban-rural connectivity gap

The sudden move to remote working during the pandemic has underlined the need for greater digital infrastructure in rural areas.

The Banker
04/05/2021
Taking digital banking to the next level in CEE

This article is part of The Banker's Special Report, A new era in retail digital sales for CEE banks, in association with Backbase. The stay-at-home orders enforced around the world to prevent the spread of the coronavirus has driven retail customers online in a way that few could have imagined before the onset of the pandemic.

Pemedianetwork
02/19/2021
UK pension funds call for climate risk transparency

UK pension funds are urging oil and gas companies to engage with the rising ESG awareness among savers, with climate concerns putting the industry firmly in their crosshairs. A survey of more than 2,000 UK adults by the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA), a trade body representing pension schemes, found global warming is an important issue for 80pc of respondents, with 50pc saying it is "very" or "extremely" important.

2017

Raconteur
12/04/2017
Forecasting a bright future for emerging market forex - Raconteur

Emerging markets have enjoyed a surge of interest in recent years, offering investors exposure to greater levels of growth. However, despite the strong returns on offer, some remain nervous about the strength of currencies, particularly as the US Federal Reserve adopts a more aggressive rate-hiking regime.

2016

Raconteur
12/06/2016
Why businesses need to invest in intangible assets - Raconteur

Items such as corporate culture, diversity, talent and brand reputation are difficult to value, but may play a key role in a company's success. Investment in such intangibles, therefore, may be difficult for chief financial officers to recommend to the board when there is no obvious return on investment.

Raconteur
11/14/2016
The impact of the pound's plunge on business - Raconteur

Compared with the relative stability of recent years, the past few months have been a challenging time for the British pound. The outcome of the UK's referendum on continued European Union membership has seen confidence in the currency slide as uncertainty has built over the future of the British economy.

Raconteur
Testing times for insurers' portfolios - Raconteur

Low-yield markets have made it difficult for insurers to generate reliable returns from their investment portfolios and increased pressure to ensure they have the right asset management strategy in place

Zawya
08/10/2016
Building on sand? | Zawya

New laws in Abu Dhabi will make property investment in the emirate easier for investors: Is there demand? New laws in Abu Dhabi will make property investment in the emirate easier for investors: Is there demand? Construction is a key sector for the UAE economy.

Raconteur
The effect of Brexit on pension investors - Raconteur

Pensions may not have been at the front of many people's minds when entering the polling booths on June 23, but the Brexit referendum result is likely to have a lasting impact on pension schemes for years to come. The immediate aftermath saw sterling plunge and markets fall, taking a toll on investors' savings.

Zawya
07/01/2016
What now?? | Zawya

A slowdown in British and European growth could weigh on Middle East & African economies

Zawya
07/01/2016
Easing the pressure | Zawya

After emerging as the best performing markets in 2015, Mena Fund Manager looks at the opportunities and challenges for asset managers in the Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine The Levant was the best performing part of the Mena region in 2015.

Zawya
03/01/2016
At the frontier | Zawya

With global markets taking a battering, how have the frontier markets in the region fared?

Zawya
03/01/2016
Dealing with downgrades | Zawya

Home to a growing Islamic banking sector and a healthy asset management community, MenaFM takes a closer look at the latest developments in Bahrain With one of the oldest established mutual fund industries in the region, the Bahraini asset management sector has continued to thrive in recent years.

Zawya
03/01/2016
Tough year | Zawya

While new launches have tapered off, interest in the hedge funds remains constant.

Zawya
02/01/2016
Sukuk it up | Zawya

Sukuk issuance during 2015 had been tipped to reach at least USD100bn but set against a challenging market backdrop.

Zawya
01/01/2016
Market Focus: Qatar | Zawya

Qatar has emerged as one of the region's strongest economies over the past year, as it benefits from a more diversified economy and high infrastructure spending.

2015

Zawya/Mena Fund Manager
11/01/2015
Flow away

Research from the Institute of International Finance has shown emerging markets face dwindling inflows as investors move money into safe havens Concerns over the growth of China and the impact on other emerging markets have caused a crisis in confidence among global investors, who have increasingly taken their money elsewhere in search of safety.

Zawya/Mena Fund Manager
11/01/2015
Cold Turkey?

The Turkish economy has faced a number of headwinds during 2015, Mena Fund Manager looks at the health of the Turkish market and asset management industry. After an impressive 2014, in which it was one of the region's best performers, the Turkish market has struggled this year.

Zawya/Mena Fund Manager
10/01/2015
In debt

Eyebrows were raised when Saudi Arabia tapped up the debt markets earlier this year, Mena Fund Manager looks at what it means for the market When the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency ( SAMA ) announced it would issue $4bn worth of bonds to domestic banks, it marked the central bank's first return to debt markets for eight years.

2014

Raconteur
07/16/2014
Going global can be plain sailing - raconteur.net

Since the onset of the financial crisis, the Coalition Government has made export growth a priority in helping the UK recover from one of the worst economic disasters to hit the economy in living memory.

Raconteur
11/16/2014
High Frequency Trading has transformed markets - raconteur.net

In a post-crisis investment environment where returns have become more difficult to come by, investors have been forced to look towards alternative ways of generating income. Traditionally associated with hedge funds and specialist firms, high-frequency trading (HFT) has caught the imagination of wider audiences.

Raconteur
10/23/2014
Why invest in a social enterprise business? - raconteur.net

Impact investing in social enterprise has taken centre stage in the sustainable and responsible investment arena in recent years. Governments, investors and charities have worked towards establishing a more effective regime to facilitate investment in what has been a huge growth area.

2013

Raconteur
11/18/2014
The five most active sectors in M&A - raconteur.net

With financial services playing an important part in the daily lives of the general public, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity often draws a wider audience than just those with a vested interest in the sector. Although the big bank mergers witnessed after the financial crisis are unlikely to be repeated, there is still plenty of activity in the sector.

Raconteur
10/14/2012
London offshore hub will boost renminbi trading - raconteur.net

Asian markets are continuing to outshine their Western counterparts as the global economic slowdown shows little sign of relenting. Despite indications of a slowing in GDP growth, China is still outpacing developed nations and achieved 7.8 per cent growth during the second quarter of 2012, outstripping anaemic growth in the developed market economies.

2012

Raconteur
03/03/2013
You don't have to go it alone - raconteur.net

Politicians have been keen to emphasise the importance of entrepreneurs and their role in helping the UK economy bounce back, but as a new wave of business people improve the wealth of the country, who will look after their money?

Raconteur
Treasurers hold key to new market success - raconteur.net

Much of the leg work involved in global expansion and international growth is now being done by corporate treasury departments. In its 2015 Global Corporate Treasury Survey, professional services firm Deloitte found that more than 70 per cent of corporate treasurers saw enhanced governance and control over domestic and overseas operations as an important part of their role.

Raconteur
05/07/2013
Boxing clever to manage risks - raconteur.net

The 2008 crisis has prompted governments around the world to tighten regulation not just of banks and financial institutions, but of a wide range of sectors, increasing the compliance burden for all kinds of businesses. There are those who believe that the amount of red tape should be cut.

Raconteur
09/25/2014
Where's the money going in wearable technology - raconteur.net

Apple's launch of its smart watch made it the latest tech giant to enter the wearable technology space. But unlike the California blue-chip technology giant, not everybody has access to billions of dollars in cash reserves. For startups, funding can be difficult to come by with many not knowing where to turn for much-needed capital.

Raconteur
08/23/2012
Bonanza could fuel future - raconteur.net

Venezuela lays claim to the largest proven oil reserves in the world. President Hugo Chavez claimed his country has 297 billion barrels, surpassing the previous long-term world leader Saudi Arabia. After Venezuela, Brazil has the second largest proven oil reserves in Latin America with just under 14 billion barrels.

Raconteur
British bosses must adapt to make profits offshore - raconteur.net

Expansion overseas has become increasingly important for British companies in recent years as low growth and global economic uncertainty weighs heavily on consumer sentiment, and dampens the UK economy's recovery. It has become a political point too, as Chancellor George Osborne has called for greater exports to fast-growing, emerging market economies that have continued to grow.

Raconteur
03/03/2013
Commission ban pushes up bills - raconteur.net

For most, the passing of 2013 will not have had much significance, but for those who use a financial adviser there will have been big changes. The retail distribution review (RDR) came into effect at the turn of the year, after years of preparation, bringing in higher qualification standards for financial advisers and a ban on commission for investment products.

Fundweb.co.uk
03/02/2012
Naughty or nice?

The ethical and socially responsible investing (SRI) fund space has gathered impetus in recent years with a number of launches.

2011

2010

What Investment
11/01/2010
An African adventure

While the emerging markets story is now well documented, investors may want to consider some additional exposure to Africa

2009

2008

Financial Times
11/02/2008
What's now 'In' should be 'Out'

Staying up to date with the latest trends in the market can be a costly strategy, says Alex Crooke, fund manager at Bankers Investment Trust, who unapologetically claims to be unfashionable. "We try not to follow fashion and that's where you get into trouble - you've got to try and remember to buy low and sell high," he says.

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